He may be approaching his 33rd birthday, but Luka Modric is obviously still thought of highly at Real Madrid – especially president Florentino Perez it seems, who says there is no chance the diminutive Croatian will leave for anything less than €750 million.
Goal reports Perez declaring that any buyer must pay the World Cup Golden Ball winner’s release clause (£670m/$870m).
One of his many admirers are Serie A side Inter Milan, who reportedly hoped Modric was prepared to tell the European champions he was ready for a change.
However, Perez has dashed those hopes by sticking an exorbitant price tag on Modric that is sure to chase off any interested team.
“The only possibility that Modric leaves is by paying €750 million,” Perez told reporters.
The midfielder’s Bernabeu contract runs until June 2020.
Hi everyone, Brendon Netto here. Welcome to our latest Real Madrid blog as we keep you up to date on all the latest news from the Santiago Bernabeu on Thursday.
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8:00pm – ‘Real Madrid will still be stronger without Cristiano Ronaldo’
That’s the view of Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-André ter Stegen ahead of the new season. Los Blancos sold their superstar to Juventus last month but Ter Stegan insists the club will still be a threat in all competitions. Click here on what he said.
4:00pm – Vinicius part of Brazilian wave hitting European football
Alex Rea examines some of the brilliant Brazilians aged 25 and under who have moved to various clubs in Europe this summer.
Read the piece here.
12:30pm – Modric talks set
Read more here.
11:40am – Asensio to play more prominent role
Read more here.
Following Cristiano Ronaldo‘s summer departure, the 22-year-old is set to become the Whites’ main No.9 and be given the chance to fulfill his immense potential.
Real are thought to be unwilling to shell out a world-record fee on Chelsea‘s Eden Hazard, and given pursuits for Kylian Mbappe and Robert Lewandowski have not progressed, Asensio is the man in possession to burden the club’s goal responsibilities in 2018/19.
Karim Benzema is set to only be a back-up next term alongside Borja Mayoral while the stage is set for Asensio to improve upon his 11-goal haul last time out.